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Old 01-18-2010, 06:01 PM   #1
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Lighting for a planted tank--help, please.

I want to start a 10-gallon freshwater planted tank (small, I know, but I'm not allowed to get another big tank). I've never done a planted setup, and I don't know exactly what goes into it. The hood that is currently on it contains the light, so I'm hoping to either get some low-light plants or get a bulb/bulbs for the light that will help things grow.

What I know: I need CO2 and better lighting.
What I want to know: What kind of lighting do I need? What kinds of plants will do well with that lighting (I'm hoping to get some kind of grass in there)? Anything else I'll need to know, please chime in.

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Old 01-19-2010, 12:12 PM   #2
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The first question is: What do you want to grow?

Determining what plants you want to grow will determine what kind of equipment you need. Low-light plants can do ok without fancy lights or CO2.
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I want my tank to look like a small version of this one, sans the red leafy stuff and with a bit more of the grassy stuff in the front.
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You could potentially mimic that tank using low-light plants if you're willing to forego the grass.

If you're set on the grass and carpet-type plants, you'll need high light, fertilizers, and CO2. I'm hesitant to give a specific wattage because the wpg rule doesn't work perfectly with smaller tanks. A 2-bulb 24" T5HO fixture with 6500K bulbs would probably be adequate. DIY fixtures using compact fluorescent bulbs are also an option.
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